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43.4391422,-99.1601324

43.4456575°N, -99.1234795°W

Posted on July 23, 2021 by David Odt

What happened?

My wife and I are on a canoe expedition floating in the Missouri River from Montana to St. Louis, a distance of over 2300 miles. About 1500 miles along the route, we stopped to establish camp 75 on shore. As the weather forecast predicted strong storms and hail I opted to locate a campsite under a tree to afford protection from hail as we sleep in a tent. Unfortunately a snake was also under the tree that I was scoping for a tent site, and it bit my left leg. I immediately knew I was in mortal danger, remained calm and activated the rescue beacon as well as contacting 911. Within minutes shock was overcoming me. My wife cared for me till a rescue boat and personnel arrived about 45 minutes after the snakebite. After boat transport to a boat ramp, I was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where I received snake anti-venom and then was air transported to a regional medical facility spending two nights in ICU and two more nights as inpatient before discharge. In a remote location and no ready options to get to medical care, the ACR rescue beacon, and the local first responders that rescued me, saved my life. We are awaiting a new beacon and my recovery before resuming our epic journey.

Words of wisdom

In remote areas in snake country (and on large lakes and rivers in the high plains of central North America), never let your guard down and be prepared. The beacon was originally intended for water rescue in rough water, but it saved my life for an unforeseen event I never expected.

Thank you note

I am so thankful for the ACR rescue beacon. Your product gives me the confidence to tackle large and challenging travels, knowing I am seconds away from sending a request for help. The ACR beacon is forever a part of my safety toolkit. Thank you ACR!!!

Rescue location

43.4391422,-99.1601324

Rescue team

Local Search and Rescue

ResQLink™+

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This product has been replaced by the ResQLink View. Learn More It may be small, but it's tough. The ResQLink™+ Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is a buoyant, GPS-enabled rescue beacon that's suited for outdoor adventures of all sizes (think: everything from hiking and cycling to hunting and fishing). Should you run into an unexpected survival situation, the ResQLink+ PLB will relay your location to a network of search and rescue satellites, allowing local first responders to more easily get you home safe and sound. Be Prepared for the Unpredictable!  
  • Buoyant
  • LED strobe light
  • Self Test
  • 66 Channel GPS
  • Easy emergency activation
  • Antenna clip

WARNING: PROP 65

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